Middle School 6-8

Native Americans of Coastal South Carolina


Explore Native American culture of coastal South Carolina at the time of European settlement. Handle and use reproduction artifacts, like bows and traps, to learn how local tribes successfully used natural resources available to meet their needs.
  • Program Length: 90 minutes
  • Grade Levels: 6-8
  • Fee: $125 per group of up to 25 students
  • Locations: James Island County Park, Wannamaker County Park, Palmetto Islands County Park, Caw Caw Interpretive Center

Seining the Sea


Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission staff will pull a net through the surf to catch fish, crabs, jellies, and other sea life. Students will have the opportunity to observe these creatures before they are released.
  • Program Length: 60 minutes
  • Grade Levels: 1-8
  • Fee: $100 per group of up to 25 students
  • Locations: Folly Beach County Park, Kiawah Beachwalker Park, Isle of Palms County Park

Ecosystems at Caw Caw

Observe the complex communities of organisms found at the Caw Caw Interpretive Center. Students learn about food webs, limiting factors and human influences on the land as they walk the Park’s trails. An investigation of a water sample in the lab completes the program and connects the students to their park.
  • Program Length: 90 minutes
  • Grade Levels: 6-8
  • Fee: $125 per group of up to 25 students
  • Location: Caw Caw Interpretive Center

Barrier Island Ecology


Students of ecology study the relationship between organisms and their environment. In this program, we will do just that on a barrier island. Participants will build barrier islands out of sand, collect animals in the swash zone, and use a seine net to collect fish in the ocean. Through these activities, students will gain an understanding of the ties that link living things with their environment.
  • Program Length: 90 minutes
  • Grade Levels: 3-8
  • Fee: $125 per group of up to 25 students
  • Locations: Folly Beach County Park, Kiawah Beachwalker Park, Isle of Palms County Park

Build Your Own Barrier Island


Barrier islands provide a variety of learning opportunities for students of all ages. In this program, participants will delve into coastal geology by building islands and naming factors that create landscapes unique to the Southeast. Current events involving coastal issues will be discussed at a grade-appropriate level.
  • Program Length: 30 minutes
  • Grade Levels: 4 – 8
  • Fee: $75 per group of up to 25 students
  • Locations: Folly Beach County Park, Kiawah Beachwalker Park, Isle of Palms County Park

Salt Marsh Ecology


The salt marsh is a dynamic and fascinating habitat. Students will become familiar with common plants and resident animals, sample phytoplankton, and gain an appreciation of this unique environment through hands-on exploration.
  • Program Length: 90 minutes
  • Grade Levels: 3-8
  • Fee: $125 per group of up to 25 students
  • Locations: James Island County Park, Palmetto Islands County Park

Moving Right Along (Portable Planetarium)


Observe phases of the moon, and discover differences between the day and night, beyond light and dark. Not available at Palmetto Islands.
  • Program Length: 30 minutes
  • Grade Levels: 1 – 2
  • Fee: $100 per group of up to 25 students*
  • Locations: James Island County Park, Wannamaker County Park, or your school

Constellations & Our Night Sky (Portable Planetarium)


Constellations paint grand pictures that give us insight into how different cultures saw their world, their universe, and themselves. Not available at Palmetto Islands.
  • Program Length: 45 minutes
  • Grade Levels: 5 – 6
  • Fee: $100 per group of up to 25 students*
  • Locations: James Island County Park, Wannamaker County Park, or your school

World in Motion (Portable Planetarium)


Explore the Earth’s axis, rotations, and revolutions. Movements of the moon and its influences on Earth, including phases, eclipses, and tides are investigated. Not available at Palmetto Islands.
  • Program Length: 45 minutes
  • Grade Levels: 6 – 8
  • Fee: $100 per group of up to 25 students*
  • Locations: James Island County Park, Wannamaker County Park, or your school

Carolina Gold


Explore former rice fields and walk through the various steps required for the cultivation of rice using reproduction artifacts. Examine the roles and influences of enslaved Africans and African Americans on the process, and discuss events associated with the Stono Slave Rebellion that occurred in part at Caw Caw Interpretive Center.
  • Program Length: 90 minutes
  • Grade Levels: 6-8
  • Fee: $125 per group of up to 25 students
  • Location: Caw Caw Interpretive Center

Carolina Indigo


Experimented with by Eliza Lucas Pinckney, an enslaved man named Quash, and others, Indigo was an important but short lived cash crop in South Carolina. Investigate the science behind this “magic” dye, learn how enslaved men and women cultivated and processed it, and try your hand at dyeing your own t-shirt.
  • Program Length: 60 minutes
  • Grade Levels: 6-8
  • Fee: $125 per group of up to 25 students
  • Location: Caw Caw Interpretive Center
  • Participants should bring a cotton t-shirt to dye

Rice & Liberty

The Stono Slave Rebellion was one of the largest uprisings in North America. Students investigate the rebellion and how it relates to the enslavement of Africans on South Carolina's rice plantations.
  • Program Length: 120 minutes
  • Grade Levels:7-12
  • Fee: $110 per group of up to 25 students
  • Location: Caw Caw Interpretive Center

Custom Programs


Charleston County Park educators will customize programs to meet specific learning objectives. Call 843-762-8015 to arrange a custom tour or program.

 
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